Almost three years ago, I wrote about the evolution of law libraries. Many people I spoke with believed the law library would never go away, although the physical space might shrink as more and more research is done online.
“Legal education in the United States is about to undergo a long-term contraction, and law libraries will be among the first to go,” writes James G. Milles of SUNY Buffalo Law School in a paper published last week.
Milles attributes the decline of law school libraries to “the dual crises facing legal education”: the economic crisis affecting the job market and “crisis of confidence in the ability of law schools to meet the needs of lawyers.”
Milles does not believe libraries will disappear overnight but instead will erode over time as law schools continue to face budget issues.
What do you think—will future law school students have a library to visit?
Happy Monday and welcome to the unofficial official start of fall. Today’s the day when many of your favorite syndicated talk shows return from summer hiatus and new shows begin. (Don’t tell me what happens on “Bethenny”; I DVR’d it!)
Here are some law links to peruse while you wait for the return of Arsenio tonight:
– Everyone knows Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan recused herself from litigation over Obamacare while solicitor general. But here’s why she did it.
The change was requested by law deans in California and New York who said “delayed bar exam results and admissions in their states put them at a disadvantage in jobs reporting,” according to the National Law Journal.
The measure was passed by only one vote and the controversy has already begun. (The new rule will go into effect for the Class of 2014.)
We are living through a crisis in legal education. Tuition is skyrocketing, people can’t get jobs, law school applications are cratering. And here the regulating body for American legal education has responded by changing the reporting date for entry-level employment from February 15th to March 15th.
Prospective lawyers await the Maryland bar exam in 2010. (File photo)
It was either John Muir or Katy Perry who once described California as a place where “the grass is really greener.” Now we can add to the list of Golden State superlatives: toughest bar exam.
The Witnesseth blog has complied rankings of the most difficult bar exams based in part on bar passage rates from 2010 to 2011.
Arkansas finished No. 2, with Washington state, Louisiana (and its Napoleonic Code) and Nevada rounding out the Top 5.
Maryland finished 10th, four spots behind Virginia, which has bar exam takers with the highest LSATs, according to Witnesseth. Washington, D.C., was omitted from the list because of a too small sample size.